He shot his friend in the chest.
An 18-year-old Frederick man is going off to prison. Dylan Jesse Gray pleaded guilty on Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court to 1st-degree assault in connection with a shooting late last year. Gray was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but must serve seven years of that sentence.
According to State's Attorney Charlie Smith, Gray and two of his friends were playing video games at a house on Hillcrest Drive in Frederick on December 19th, 2012. A 16-year-old called and said he was coming over. He knocked on the door and tapped on the window in order to get in. Smith says Gray became annoyed at it all. "In an attempt to scare the victim, Gray went and got a 32-caliber semi-automatic handgun, opened the door, and actually shot the victim in the chest, believing the gun was unloaded at the time," says Smith.
The victim was medivaced to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious injuries, but he survived. "But apparently, still has the bullet remaining in his chest today, and will have to undergo future surgery to get that bullet out," says Smith.
Gray was a juvenile at the time of the shooting. Police charged him as an adult after the incident. Smith says Gray is being incarcerated at an adult prison, not a juvenile facility.
After the shooting, one of the persons who was with Gray at the time, Cory Nowalk, took the gun and hid it after the shooting. He was charged with hiding the gun after the fact, and is serving time in a juvenile center for the offense.
During the hearing on Thursday, Smith says the victim did not make a statement, but asked "why" as Gray was apologizing to him.
After Gray is released from prison, he will be put on three-years supervised probation. "He almost killed this young man," says Smith. "But seven years in the Division of Correction is going to be a wake-up call for Mr. Gray. That's for sure."